Compare And Contrast Elizabeth Browning And Anne Bradstreet

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“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Can love even be measured? It is such an intense feeling that can entirely transform the way that people view the world. It can be experienced more intensely for some compared to others. Elizabeth Browning and Anne Bradstreet both manifested their own intense feelings of love for their husbands in the form of poem. The quote aforementioned was from Elizabeth’s poem “How Do I Love Thee?”. Although Anne Bradstreet also composed a poem, “To My Dear and Loving Husband”, in which she expressed her uncontainable feelings of affection for her husband, Elizabeth Browning verified that her love for Robert Browning, her husband, was much stronger through her employment of spiritual comparisons to her love, …show more content…

Anne weakly addresses how death will affect her love for her husband by saying that while “we live, in love let’s so persever/ That when we live no more we may live ever.” Her intentions were to spend the rest of her life loving her husband since it was limited by death. Their love was going to be their legacy as she indicated through the phrase, “we may live ever.” Elizabeth’s view of her love for Robert completely demolishes Anne’s as she says that “if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.” Elizabeth creates a sense of sanctity through her words as they strike the heart directly. These words were chosen by her to completely end her poem and finish illustrating the extent of her love for Robert. Speaking about the concept of afterlife and heaven, Elizabeth asserts that when she eventually passes, she will continue to love him in the after life. Moreover, this phrase can also be defined as showing that no matter what happens, even death, her love for Robert will never be destroyed and will remain

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